A couple of early-week notes of interest:
- For the 12th consecutive week the V-Reds are the #1 ranked U Sports team in the country. After picking up a pair of wins over the weekend UNB received all 15 first place votes and 150 points to stay ahead of the #2 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies. The Ryerson Rams move up three spots to #3 for the second time in school history while McGill and Acadia each drop a ranking, to 4th and 5th respectively. Alberta, Queen's, York, Mount Royal, and Concordia find themselves in the 6th-10th positions. St. FX was the only other AUS team to receive votes, garnering 7 votes.
- Forward Cam Braes has been named the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week. It was a big week for the 5th year senior as he collected 2 goals, 2 assists, and the Fallen Soldier Award in Friday night's 7-1 win over UPEI on Military Appreciation Night before potting another goal and adding an assist in Saturday's 6-3 road victory over Moncton.
The BC native is currently enjoying his best season as a V-Red as he sits 4th in the conference in goals (14), 6th in assists (22), 6th in points (36), and 2nd in +/- (+22). His production so far this season has vaulted Braes to 17th in school history in regular season scoring (117 points) and 13th in overall scoring (145 points).
- Victor Findlay has all the latest men's hockey news from around the country in his latest edition of Tuesday Morning Skate.
- The 2017 Winter Universiade has kicked off in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the men's hockey team - made up of all-stars from the OUA conference - got off to a great start with a dominating 6-0 victory over the United States yesterday. They are back in action tomorrow morning when they face Great Britain.
Team Canada is looking to improve on the bronze medal the Canada West all-stars brought home from Granada, Spain in 2015. Canada last won gold in 2013 in Trentino, Italy when the team was made up of AUS players, including V-Reds Chris Culligan, Nick MacNeil, Tyler Carroll, and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers.